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Traffic halted again at Sweet Grass-Coutts border crossing

Coutts - Sweet Grass Border
US-Canada border crossing
Trucks near the Alberta-Montana border
U.S. - Canada border
Posted at 1:12 PM, Feb 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-09 20:32:00-05

HELENA — Traffic has been halted again on the Canadian side of the Sweet Grass-Coutts crossing at the Montana-Alberta border.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) told MTN on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, that traffic is no longer flowing in the northbound or southbound lanes due to the protester blockade.

RCMP noted traffic had not been flowing since around 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The blockade at Coutts has now been going on for over a week in conjunction with blockades and protests at other Canada/United States border crossings.

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Participants are protesting Canadian COVID restrictions, including a Canadian mandate that truckers must quarantine for two weeks if passing into the country without a COVID vaccination.

The largest concentration of protesters is about 11 miles north of Coutts at Milk River.

RCMP says they have set up a location near Milk River for protesters to legally protest without blocking the flow of traffic.

Beginning Wednesday afternoon, RCMP will be ticketing individuals who remain on the highway and say they will be increasing enforcement in “stages” for those that choose not to leave.

RCMP noted that their primary concern right now is getting traffic moving and ensuring the safety of all.

The Sweet Grass/Coutts border crossing is the busiest port of entry for both Montana and Alberta. An estimated $44 million in goods travel through the border crossing each day.

In related news, a group in Great Falls is collecting supplies for American truckers who are preparing to rally in DC against COVID mandates; click here for details.


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